Sunday, June 9, 2013

Creeping Charlie

Aside from grass, Creeping Charlie is the most common ground cover around here.  It's also called ground ivy and gill-over-the-ground. 

I have had a love/hate relationship with this plant for a long, long time.  It grows everywhere.   Everywhere.  Every.  Where.

A lot of people want to get rid of it and if you're one of them, then check out this page for ideas.

Generally, I hand pull it out of places I really don't want it - like in the veg gardens.  I just let it be everywhere else because here's the thing - it's not fussy. It tolerates drought and wet.   It blooms from April till November. During the winter, it turns bronzy and is really quite attractive. 

In this part of Indiana, where flowers other than iris and daylilies require a lot of soil amendment, mulch and TLC, it's nice to have a filler that works so hard for so little.   When people ask what it is, just refer to it by the Latin name, Glechoma hederacea, ("Isn't that Glechoma gorgeous!  Just look at how it drapes over that little wall and fills in there!")  and they'll think you've put it there on purpose. 

1 comment:

  1. LOL! We think Creeping Charlie stinks when we step on them. I'll definitely tell the guys about your link. I think the flowers really are lovely though...especially close-up.

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